Common Core Tweaked, Not Dead, in South Carolina

south-carolina-flagCommon Core was declared dead by WLTX 19, a local CBS affiliate in South Carolina, earlier this week.

The South Carolina Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to replace the Common Core Standards now being used in math and English, killing Common Core in the state. The board adopted new standards, written by teams of South Carolinians, which teachers will start using this fall.

Sheri Few, a former candidate for South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, told Breitbart News – not quite.

“The media reports are dead wrong,” Sheri Few, president of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education (SCPIE), told Breitbart News. “By the state Education Oversight Committee’s (EOC) own admission, the ‘new’ replacement standards are 90 percent aligned with Common Core.”

If you look at the comparison that WLTX provides you can see that this is just a tweak, instead of an overhaul, of Common Core.

1st-grade reading standard

Common Core: requires students to “ask and answer questions about key details in a text.”

New SC standards: requires students to “ask and answer who, what, when, where, why and how questions to demonstrate understanding of a text” and to “use key details to make inferences and draw conclusions in texts heard and read.”

6th-grade math standard

Common Core: “understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.”

New SC standards: “interpret the concept of a ratio as the relationship between two quantities, including part-to-part and part-to-whole. Investigate relationships between ratios and rates.”

There are a few differences however:

There are differences, though, between Common Core and the new standards that will be used starting this fall. For example, under the new standards students will go back to learning cursive in grades 2 and 3. And they will be expected to know their multiplication tables in grade 4.

It’s not exactly the change that Common Core opponents were looking for.